One of the big best-sellers last summer was the 500-page paperback The 9/11 Commission Report, which culled the results of a year of feisty, televised public hearings, at which officials like Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice had struggled to defend the Bush administration’s failure to prevent the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Read More
One could be forgiven for thinking the city’s financial condition is in pretty great shape these days. Recent articles about the local economy have been filled with cheerful words such as “recovery,” “surplus” and “surge.” When it was announced last month that the city would end this fiscal year with an unexpected $3.3 billion surplus, Read More
[From The Oprah Winfrey Show, May 23, 2005.]
TOM CRUISE: I’m gone. I don’t care.
OPRAH WINFREY: Are you sleeping? Are you getting enough sleep?
CRUISE: No, no, I’m not.
WINFREY: No, no, no. I heard you ….
CRUISE: No, we got here last night. We had-what is that place with Read More
Et tu, Frank?
Until this spring, Maurice (Hank) Greenberg was chairman and chief executive of American International Group, the giant insurance company he had run for almost 40 years. In March, the board of A.I.G. fired him, after the company found itself under investigation by federal regulators for its accounting practices. The director who led Read More
Babies have bad taste in music.
On the weekends, certain Manhattan women go around in funny shoes that look like a mixture of hiking boot, slipper and something a French schoolboy would wear.
When I jog, I go too slow to make a breeze.
That New York Times multipart series on “class in Read More
It’s always interesting when a powerful institution takes a public look at itself. Last Sunday, The New York Times published a review of Buried by The Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper, a book by journalist Laurel Leff, which details how The Times skirted the issue of the Holocaust during the early 1940′s, Read More
Subway-Stair Stroller Lift (Single, Double and Triple Divisions)
Two-Door, One-Buzz Brownstone Vestibule Dash
Fairway Tetrathlon (Cart Slalom, Appetizing Greco-Roman, Checkout Freestyle, Bag Clean-and-Jerk)
First Avenue Synchronized Light Run (5,000m)
LaGuardia Baggage-Handling Shot-Put
Cyclist’s 4,000m Individual Pursuit of Cabbie Who Sideswiped Him
Rat-Avoidance High Jump
Wall Street 100m Perp Walk Read More
On May 15, Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker opened up the Web page of The New York Times and read the following line:
“Newsweek apologized yesterday for printing a small item on May 9 about reported desecration of the Koran by American guards at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, an item linked to riots in Pakistan and Afghanistan Read More
There are a number of reasons why the Democratic Party, the dominant political organization in New York City, is having such a hard time winning Mayoral elections these days. The primary reason, of course, is the competence of the two Republicans-Rudolph Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg-who broke the Democratic near-monopoly on City Hall.
Another reason has Read More
Excerpts from a review of the new movie Kung Fu Hustle from kids-in-mind.com, a movie Web site for parents.
KUNG FU HUSTLE
Highly stylized martial arts comedy taking place in an anachronistic version of 1930′s Shanghai: The dominant criminal gang invades a slum, but has a very hard time subduing its residents when some Read More